Posts Tagged “alcohol”

Vila Vita Parc and Herdade dos Grous – travel review

Vila Vita Parc and Herdade dos Grous – travel review

Vila Vita Parc enchants the guest with its exotic gardens; it invigorates the visitor with its pools and spa; it tempts with its food and wine. Those last two delicious elements will likely be at the very heart of your stay and they are key to the success of the company here in Portugal. This…

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Port and the Douro – travel review

Port and the Douro – travel review

I would love to tell my readers that I am an expert on that full and iconic beverage but until recently Port was that festive tipple that mostly stayed in the sideboard unless Uncle Charles was over. I, along with most others, considered it a drink for ‘older’ folks, although as I am nearly 60…

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Visiting and sharing Japan – travel review

Visiting and sharing Japan – travel review

Planning a trip to Asia? I can almost guarantee that Japan isn’t first on most people’s destination list, if indeed it is a part of the list at all. We are ignorant of a country that still seems mysterious and exotic, and one which we assume is still inaccessible to a regular tourist. Japan isn’t…

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Taylor’s Port and Fladgate Hospitality – travel review

Taylor’s Port and Fladgate Hospitality – travel review

Port is enjoying something of a revival with the addition of both white and pink varieties to its classic styles. It’s a wine with a unique history that has almost as much to do with politics as grapes. Taylor’s Port is at the centre of the story. With the exception of Port, Portuguese wine has…

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The Yeatman Hotel and the first couple of Port – hotel review

The Yeatman Hotel and the first couple of Port – hotel review

The Yeatman Hotel doesn’t sound, to the ill-informed, a particularly Portuguese name for a hotel. One would more readily expect a name like “Henry the Navigator Inn” or “The Porto Paradise”. Do some homework and you’ll find that The Yeatman Hotel is steeped in Portuguese history that has drifted through half-a-dozen or so generations of…

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The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion by Duane Swierczynski – review

The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion by Duane Swierczynski – review

Well the title The Perfect Drink for Every Occasion encouraged me to think that this was going to be a rather serious tome, probably penned in the 1930s by the aging bartender in some swep-up hostelry in Venice. The subtitle held out a bit more hope that this was going to be a rollicking good…

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Whisky & Cheese Matching at the Athenaeum – bar review

Whisky & Cheese Matching at the Athenaeum – bar review

This was our first visit to this most charming of central London hotels. Its location is hard to beat, being on Piccadilly and between Green Park and Hyde Park Corner Underground stations. It graces a plot opposite the aforementioned Green Park and extends that theme of verdant lushness to its very walls. Yes, The Athenaeum…

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500 Beers by Zak Avery – review

500 Beers by Zak Avery – review

Yes, dear reader, another in the 500 series from Apple Press. I make no apology for its inclusion in this cookbook review journal because they are quite simply some of the best-value single-topic food and drink related books around. Zak Avery has penned this particular volume and he is eminently qualified to do so. He…

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500 Red Wines and 500 White Wines – reviews

500 Red Wines and 500 White Wines – reviews

Life was easier back then. A bottle of sherry for Christmas or when the vicar was coming to tea, some brown ale for dad on Saturday night and a bottle of Hirondelle wine to drink in the kitchen at parties. Now we have choices and viticultural aspirations …but what to buy? I offer you two…

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World Whisky by Charles Maclean – review

World Whisky by Charles Maclean – review

Who knew? There are many hundreds of whiskies. I had suspected that there might be perhaps a hundred from small distilleries in Scotland and Ireland and a few in the US. World Whisky lists over 700 whiskies from as far afield as Japan (the Japanese have a reputation as whisky “enthusiasts”) and Australia. I am…

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Guinness by Paul Hartley – review

Guinness by Paul Hartley – review

Paul Hartley has penned several brand cookbooks including the Lyles Golden Syrup Cookbook and the HP Sauce Cookbook (both reviewed on this site), Marmite Cookbook and Heinz Tomato Ketchup Cookbook. It’s probably safe to say that Paul has an eye for iconic and popular products. Guinness – An Official Celebration of 250 Remarkable Years offers…

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The Connoisseur’s Guide to Whisky by Helen Arthur – review

The Connoisseur’s Guide to Whisky by Helen Arthur – review

Wine, and French wine in particular, has a high profile but what of the Water of Life? The Connoisseur’s Guide to Whisky tells the story of the other world famous and much celebrated drink. Whisky is revered and collected in the same way as fine wine and is enjoyed for its depth and character. This…

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500 Cocktails by Wendy Sweetser – review

500 Cocktails by Wendy Sweetser – review

Apple Press has a series of books and all are called 500 something or other. They are great value, chunky books and this one, 500 Cocktails, is no exception. The photographs of these classy drinks are gorgeous. Ian Garlick has done a great job. Wendy Sweetser is the author, and she is an expert on…

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In Praise of Poteen by John McGuffin – review

In Praise of Poteen by John McGuffin – review

What exactly is Poteen or Poitín? If you are Irish then you’ll already know. If you are American then you will recognise the same beverage under the name of Moonshine. Yes, dear reader, it’s the intoxicating illegal liquor of the Emerald Isle and has a history steeped in folkloric charm and myth. In Praise of…

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Cooking with Booze by Ryan Jennings – review

Cooking with Booze by Ryan Jennings – review

You’ve gotta love a book with a title like that! We are told that drinking isn’t good for us so Cooking with Booze presents us with a delightful solution to that guilt-ridden dilemma. Don’t drink (so much), just eat! Ryan Jennings and David Steele are witty and they know their stuff. Ryan is a food…

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The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal – review

The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal – review

Charles Metcalfe and Kathryn McWhirter are a formidable team. I know of Charles from his numerous appearances on food-related shows like Good Food Live on the UKTV Food network. Kathryn has a wealth of experience as both a food and wine journalist and editor. I had expected this book to be just a guide to…

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Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine – interview

Jancis Robinson, Master of Wine – interview

Jancis Robinson is instantly recognisable as the wine expert with the soft voice….and glasses. She became popular when presenting The Wine Programme and later Jancis Robinson’s Wine Course. She is also the voice for several documentaries. But where did “Jancis” come from? “I was given the unusual name Jancis because my mother and her sister…

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The Cocktail – 200 Fabulous Drinks by Jane Rocca – review

The Cocktail – 200 Fabulous Drinks by Jane Rocca – review

Ths is Sex in the City for cocktail sippers! It’s this year’s book for girls to give their girlfriends. It’s frilly, fluffy, gorgeous and a work of art! Jane Rocca writes for the Age, Sydney Sun Herald, West Australian and NW. She has contributed to Harper’s Bazaar, HQ, Australian Style, The Face, Black + White,…

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Wine Travel Guide to the World by Robert Joseph – review

Wine Travel Guide to the World by Robert Joseph – review

This is yet another Footprint guide and it’s well up to the standard of their regular travel books, but this one is rather unique. It’s a guide specifically for anyone who travels and enjoys wine. It doesn’t focus on any one wine growing region but includes ALL wine-producing areas. The book is divided by country…

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